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Best Selling Poker Books of 2014How did the new books compare to the old classics? Well, we will let the data speak for itself. Take a look at the list of the best selling poker books of 2014.Deal Me In and Eat Professional Poker Players Alive ReviewedThere isn't a clear path by which people become professional poker players. There aren't any good courses at the local vo-tech for a person to study. The road to becoming a poker pro is inevitably difficult, circuitous, and filled with setbacks. Deal Me In is a book describing the course by which twenty top poker players became professionals. Poker Winners Are DifferentThere is a big difference between what's typical human behavior and what is called for to play poker at a high level. There aren't a lot of people for whom maximizing their expectation in poker games comes naturally. Poker Winners Are Different by Alan Schoonmaker examines this conundrum.
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Killer Poker: No Limit
by John Vorhaus
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Vorhaus, author of a slew of well-respected titles, brings you the latest in his Killer Poker series. teaches you how to analyze and improve your own play in a variety of situations. Included are discussions on developing a "style of play" while teaching you how to identify your opponent's style. Included is solid advice on playing suited aces, "problem flops", and how to avoid underbetting in specific situations. The book includes an examination of "orphan flops" (the types of cards sensible players are unlikely to hold). In Killer Poker No-Limit, Vorhaus will expand your terminology with a glossary and chapters about little-talked-about scenarios. This is a general book, dealing with cash & tournament games, that will help players find holes in their playing, and their foe's playing. Table image, 'shifting' your style, managing your bankroll are included. A notebook area is provided at the end of the book.
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I'll Do My Own Damn Killin'
by Gary Sleeper
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Benny Binion was a larger-than-life casino mogul who was build a legend for himself in Las Vegas. But before that, he led the Texas underground in a gambling war that lasted over fifteen years before he was "sentenced" to Las Vegas where he became the patron saint of World Series of Poker. In this new look at the man author Gary Sleeper presents previously unseen details of Binion's pre-Las Vegas life and spices it with electrifying details and sharp wit.

Benny Binion Legend Further Explored, Killer Poker Books Arrives

Ask a 100 people which Las Vegas legend or character they’d like to read more about, and about half would probably mention Benny Binion, the man who took poker from the backrooms and backroadsHoward SchwartzHoward Schwartz, the "librarian for gamblers," is the marketing director for Gambler's Book Club in Las Vegas, a position he has held since 1979. Author of hundreds of articles on gambling, his weekly book reviews appear in numerous publications throughout the gaming industry.  Howard's website is  to the neon lights. To satisfy the curious, there’s  a new book out about Benny (who died Christmas Day, 1989) with a fascinating title of I’ll Do My Own Damn Killin’ -- Benny Binion, Herbert Noble and the Texas Gambling War (264 pages, hard bound, $22), written by Gary Sleeper.

In addition, two new books for poker enthusiasts have arrived at Gambler’s Book Shop, Killer Poker By The Numbers (The Mathematical Edge for Winning Play) by Tony Guerrera (310 pages, paperbound, $14.95) and Killer Poker No Limit (A Winning Strategy for Cash Games and Tournaments) by John Vorhaus (265 pages, paperbound, $14.95).

Lester Benny Binion was a Las Vegas icon. As the owner of one of the most colorful, exciting casinos he took some of the biggest bets, hobnobbed with some of the most famous gamblers and characters of the 20th Century and helped make poker “the” game for generations to come. Most never knew his past. Most didn’t care. Yet generations of visitors and players remain fascinated with his ability to understand what gamblers and visitors to Binion’s Horseshoe Club wanted.

He was a pioneer, a rebel, a survivor. But it wasn’t easy. He grew up during hard times when competition for the gambling dollar was rough, dangerous.

This book traces his past from his earliest days in Dallas to his run-ins with police and hard-nosed competitors who wanted a bigger chunk of the action than Binion was willing to give. As it was in the Old West, they carried guns in public in Dallas in the 30s and 40s and they weren’t afraid to use them.

A good portion of the book focuses on a bitter feud between Binion and Herbert Noble for control of Dallas and Fort Worth. Included is a description of Noble’s bizarre plot to bomb Las Vegas from a private plane.

 While Binion’s reputation in Las Vegas is established and has been chronicled many times over, this is the story for the most part, of his pre-Las Vegas days, about illegal gambling operations in Dallas, and his early days when “…Las Vegas was little more than a wide space in the narrow stretch of highway snaking its way from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City.” (In 1946, the town’s population was 16,000).

The author, an attorney and historian, lives in Plano Texas. The book is part history, part biography and is packed with plenty of true crime material.

Killer Poker by the Numbers, written by Caltech graduate Guerrera uses mathematics as its primary tool in teaching any level player, beginner pro, to gain an edge in hold‘em.

The book, with seven major sections, presents non-technical material on probability, permutations and combinations concerning starting hands and hand distribution. Guerrera, well-aware that players constantly seek new ways of improving their game, offers hand analyses and a means of understanding EV (expected value). He discusses unpaired and paired flops and how to play them; how to win with pocket pairs and when flopping a set or better, how to gain maximum value.

Vital chapter emphasize ways to play draws from early and late position and playing short-handed. Overall the book overall is a goldmine of ideas, explanation and concept-testing situations .And the math is well explained. An eight-page index makes it easy to locate a specific concept.

Vorhaus’ Killer Poker No-Limit fills a need for those who love the cash games and want to get into tournament play as well. Already the author of a half-dozen well-received books, he has a solid reputation in the poker community.

Here he discusses how to develop your own style of play and teaching you how to define and categorize opponents’ play. Vorhaus offers advice on playing suited aces; problem flops and how to avoid underbetting in specific situations.

The book includes an examination of “orphan flops” (so called because these are types of cards “sensible” players are not likely to play); the importance of table image; bankroll requirements and using your powers of observation to identify and classify opponents.

Also, he suggests methods to shift your style of play and how to mentally adjust to tournament play. Overall, it provides a leg up for those who haven’t yet mastered their no-limit hold’em skills.

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